Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Didactic is defined as" conveying instruction: teaching some moral lesson. Moral, which originally meant merely "customary", has grown to involve the distinction between what is right and what is wrong. This is a subjective distinction, and each person developes his or her own code, developed by the interaction of his own teachings and his own desires. Thus the "moral" which constitutes the poem or verses, or which is emphasized in them, will be what the poet wants the reader to learn and believe and follow.
Some examples of didactic poetry...
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother
Seeing, shall take heart again. - Longfellow (A Psalm of Life)
Alcohol is like a snake:
It can't be kept in bounds;
It makes of one a perfect wreck,
A wondering vagrant hound. - James Byron Elmore
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain
And drinking largely sobers us again.
All seems infected that the infexted spy,
And all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye. - Alexander Pope (Essay on Criticism)
So what bit of wisdom would you like to impart to your fellow pipsters? What moral lesson would you like to deliver? Teach us!!!!
As always, use any style but remain true to that style with proper construction.
(no, Dr. Moose, you CANNOT use "a waist is a terrible thing to mind". )